Different perspectives of the self-image
According to that, there is the ideal self-image, which can be described as the way someone would like to be seen by himself. Thus, it is more like a desired image of yourself – how you would like to be. So for example, if you are an intrinsic person, you might look for ways to strengthen yourself in order to be more outer directed.
The third is called social self-image, which is a person’s believed self-image of how others, the society, perceive the person. It is sort of obvious that sometimes the evaluation of others opinion about the person can be misleading. This is due to the fact, that we can’t read thoughts and that people behave in certain roles. The other way around we can hide feelings and adjust our behavior in a way, that others perceive us as a different person.
The last of the four self-images is the ideal social self-image, which basically stands for the desire of how others should perceive the person. In general people intend to be liked by others because the feeling of no acceptance among a group is qualified to cause feelings of frustration. Hence people want to be seen in a certain way by others but sometimes it is only a desired self-image.